Twitter has announced it is cracking down on QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory movement (via
The company has banned 7,000 accounts known to be related to the movement, and has taken steps to limit the reach of around 150,000 more by blocking link sharing of content, and removing related accounts and content from search and trending topics.
Twitter confirmed the move itself in
a lengthy Twitter thread:
QAnon grew from the
Pizzagate conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a pizza restaurant.
It is a movement borne of the claims of the anonymous ‘Q’, “who claims knowledge of a secret cabal of powerful pedophiles and sex traffickers” according to
The Guardian. Its theories are wide-ranging and include the assertion that Donald Trump is secretly bringing down this activity with his erratic presidency.
Twitter’s confident move to ban QAnon activity on its platform shows far more action than Facebook, where conspiracy theories tend to blossom unchallenged by any kind of rational moderation. Twitter’s move is presumably to counteract misinformation particularly in the Presidential Election run-in.
While the move has been met positively, it remains to be seen how effectively Twitter can police its own rules.